Hillsborough Limousins

Graeme and Val Wicks




1st in the middle-weight class and Champion led steer for the third show in a row, Rascal did us proud again at the Goomeri show 2017.





Goomeri show. 'Errol' took 1st in the light class.





Goomeri Show:'Arnie Swartznegger' took 2nd place to his mate 'Errol' in the light class.

"I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef" Ear Tags Now Available!

(courtesy of ALBS)


  ALBS have organised with Allflex to make available Australia wide the “I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef” Ear Tags.
  Three Allflex Tag sizes are available (please see attached PDF) – 1. Large (to be used as a standalone visual tag for Saleyard cattle etc) – 2. Maxi and 3. Super Maxi (these can be customised for individual herd use).
 ALBS members just need to nominate the “I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef” special marking at their preferred Allflex retail store with their preferred tag size and the retail store will then place the order with Allflex (please print off attached and take into the store with you). If ALBS member’s also require other options with their “I AM LIMO” tag such as DNA, Tissue Sampling Unit or NLIS tags they can let their retail store know as well and they will add it to their order.
   To keep a consistent look in the market place, the tags are only available in the Orange colour. The cost will be the normal custom printed tag price from your retail store.
   There is no minimum order requirement and the lead time is 5 working days from order receival to order despatch – delivery time will vary depending on location and the nominated freight method (Australia Post, TNT Express etc).
 Using the “I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef” Ear Tag will be seen as a huge advantage in further identifying and promoting Limousin cattle in the market place.
   Having ALBS members and their commercial clients use the “I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef” Ear Tags in sale cattle will greatly assist in promoting the breed and also assist Buyers and Agents that are looking for Limousin and Limousin infused cattle.
   ALBS encourage all members to support & drive the program and get as many of the ear tags in Limousin / Limousin infused cattle as possible. Maybe purchase the Ear Tags and supply them to your Bull clients so they can tag their calves before sale?
   This is an important step in a National “Commercial Identification Program” that ALBS is implementing across Saleyards and Supply Chains to achieve improved recognition of Limousin cattle.
   The “I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef” Ear Tag will greatly assist in the integrity of the supply of cattle to the Branded Beef Programs that are unfolding as well.
If any members have troubles with ordering the Tags please have your retail store contact – Allflex Australia Pty Ltd.
   ALBS will also organise “I AM LIMO - Certified Limousin Beef” Ear Tags with Z Tags ASAP and ALBS will keep members updated on availability.







Wide Bay Inter-school Hoof and Hook 2016 Champion sired by the same Hillsborough bull that sired the two animals below.





Potential champion RNA 2016 Medium weight sired by Greg and Denys Geysing's bull Gaucho who is throwing magnificent progeny.








Potential Heavy weight champion RNA 2016 ... hopefully.
Sired by a Hillsborough bull owned by Mr. Bob Childs of Kingaroy.
GOVERNMENT'S NEW TICK LINE 'TICKS' OFF PRODUCERS.

After years of struggle against an apathetic Primary Industries department and after watching many thousands of dollars of hard-earned cash pouring onto the backs of their cattle, hundreds of producers were pushed back into tick infested country simply by the casual stroke of a Government pen as of the 1st July 2016. Their careful animal husbandry techniques designed to ensure a chemical-free product for consumers and gained only at great expense has been flushed away with as much care as one flushes a dunnie but get a load of this:-

Under this new legislation a person in the ticky area can load his or her tick-infested cattle onto a truck and drive them straight through the tick free area to Dinmore or other meatworks with no impost or requirements whatsoever except for an NVD. On the contrary, the poor unfortunate who resides in the tick free area immediately across the road from above-mentioned producer and who has been infected with ticks because above-mentioned producer won't maintain his fences and allows his cattle to stroll the road does not enjoy the same privileges. If he wants to take his cattle to Dinmore/other meat works, he now has to prove to DPI that he is conducting a program, hire a third-party inspector to inspect his herd at considerable cost and then purchase a permit to travel his stock on exactly the same route his ticky neighbour has just taken, free of encumbrances. Members of a certain Agricultural body that shall remain nameless denied this was the case so Graeme checked with the Stock Inspector, who confirmed it was indeed the case. He also affirmed that it was this certain Agricultural body who had come up with that idea in the first place so how's that for duplicity?

This new legislation will discourage people in the tick free areas from reporting to DPI if they find ticks on their cattle, making them more likely to quietly clean up the ticks and honestly, who is going to be any the wiser? The whole thing has been designed to fail from the get-go.

Within two to five years, it's our guess the tick line will revert backwards to the natural 20 inch rainfall belt (which has been casually mentioned in departmental publications but not promoted) and to hell with chemical usage, residues and the dangers involved. Immune tick numbers are increasing and there may well be no more effective acaracides by that time so one supposes chemical residue will no longer be a concern?

 GOVERNMENT'S PROPOSED RETRACTION OF THE QUEENSLAND TICK LINE


When we purchased our property at Tingoora 26 years ago, we were in a tick-infected region of Queensland. Shortly thereafter we decided, along with numerous graziers in the area to eradicate ticks completely and become tick free. In order to achieve this, Queensland Government insisted we receive 90% support for the project from producers who would be affected. Copious amounts of money was spent printing letters of petition to the government to bless our efforts and we finally received their stamp of approval to proceed. Countless thousands of hard-earned dollars have subsequently been poured into eradication programs, and our locality was finally declared free of ticks approximately twenty years ago.


Hesitant as we are to say this, it seems government was working tirelessly against the success of this venture right from its inception. A light truck could barely carry the information we have that appears to lend credibility to this conjecture.  Now government has come up with a drastically retrograde step, proposing to move many who tirelessly fought to be tick-free, and in whose number we are included, backwards into tick infestation. A government on-line survey in the guise of public consultation is rife with 'loaded' questions and has the capacity to lead participants into deciding in the government's favour. If government gets its way, it will wipe from the board the astronomical amount of finance and time we producers have spent securing our markets and animals' welfare. It will once more immerse us in the plethora of rules and regulations attached to being in a 'tick infected' area and will result in making the additional markets we have toiled so hard to access unviable. All the advantages of our tick free status will potentially be ripped from our grasp without compensation or reimbursement for our loss and count as nothing our progressive outlook on animal welfare.


Let's look for a moment at animal welfare. Tick infestation is costing the beef industry $161 million a year. Most producers care for their animals and are willing to outlay the cost of keeping this parasite from invading their herds but there are others who either don't care, hold second jobs off-farm or are simply ignorant of the terrible effects ticks can have. The photos attached to this tirade are those of cattle we purchased from a sale yard some years ago. So laden with ticks nothing we did could save the one in the sling and it took months before the survivors remotely resembled even forward stores. Besides that, ticks cause Bovine Babesiosis (Redwater, Tick Fever) in cattle but of course that can be managed' by costly treatments. Hooray for the chemical companies who will be the big winners if this government's efforts to plunge clean producers back into 'dirty' country becomes reality.


Cattle in tick infested areas are forced to submit to more time in yards and the trauma of being compelled through plunge dips in order to 'control' ticks. Ticks are becoming increasingly resistant to current acaracides, which will mean days and perhaps even weeks spent standing in yards eating poor-quality hay until the ticks finally succumb from desperation and drop off. Of course, the producer must wear the cost of their incarceration and the feed consumed. He will also have to bear the brunt of any weight loss that may be incurred, potentially restricting him from marketing his cattle when he needs to. Cattle do not thrive in yards unless they are lot-fed


There is a growing world-wide trend towards chemical-free produce.  Australia prides itself on being very strict on chemical residue in their export beef. Producers must adhere to the withholding periods on the containers of chemicals they use and from which corporate conglomerates are reaping billions of dollars. But what if some producers don't follow the instructions? Not every container of beef is tested for chemical residue so what guarantees are in place to ensure chemicals aren’t leaked into our national and international beef supplies? Certainly a rucus ensues when a container of beef tests positive to chemical residue - the sound of the stable door slamming shut after the horse has bolted. Restrictions are slapped into place with lightning speed, money is lost and the only winner we can see is a miserable little insect the size of a finger nail that appears to be resistant even to Government legislation. Surely common sense can see the advantages of ridding ourselves of this parasite once and for all?


 "What about the huge cattle stations?" people will say.  "They could never eradicate their ticks surely?" Well, they managed to eradicate Brucellosis and Tuberculosis with the BTEC program, a much more difficult and costly enterprise than killing a few ticks. The United States of America have more deer and other wildlife than we can blame for carrying ticks and yet they were able to eradicate this pest 100 years ago because they decided they would. It's all in the will to do.


In the non-commercial companion-animal world, there are owners who conscientiously care deeply for their pets and there are those who don't. We often hear of extreme cases of cruelty perpetrated on pets and it seems Governments have bent over backwards to protect them from enduring inhumane treatment - rightfully so. However, to achieve this protection they have relegated Stock inspectors to do the job once solely the jurisdiction of RSPCA; Stock inspectors who used to be employed only in the cattle industry and of whom there are no longer sufficient numbers to ensure the Bio Security Act tick legislation is enforced.  Just as pet owners can be inhumane and do appalling things to their pets, so can some producers inexcusably neglect their livestock. Why should protective laws be tightened for one group of animals but relaxed for others?


Anyone concerned for the welfare of all animals, chemical usage on the produce they consume and specifically for the additional stress and trauma cattle will be forced to tolerate will surely see sense in Governments becoming proactive towards eradication, not just 'control' of this insidious pest. Perhaps they will tell Queensland Government that this is a diabolically backward step for a state that prides itself on being progressive and 'moving foreward'. We hope so.


Val Wicks 


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Queensland Limousin Youth Camp 2015

The Queensland Limousin Youth camp 2015, held at the Pittsworth Showgrounds 25-27th September, went off with a bang and the largest number of young people registered so far. Generous owners contributed over 100 head of cattle and accolades go to the organisers and volunteers for making the week-end such a success. Go to Photos for a few more pics.

The Ekka is over for another year. Of the five steers we took down, two of which belonged to Hillsborough Limousins, our little red fellow pictured to the right scored a 5th ribbon on the hook and came 7th in the carcase competition. He sold for $6 per/kg, a total of approximately $1400. The champion steer sold for $61 per kg, (approximate total $24,000)

                           HOW GOOD IS THIS?

 

It's amazing to think that at the beginning of November last year, we could almost conduct a full stock-take of our herd from the comfort of our veranda with the help of binoculars. Not so much as a blade of grass for them to hide behind but the scene has changed dramatically. Thankfully, most of our cows will lift their heads if we call out and the ears make terrific little flags!

                   FINALÉ

The current worst dry spell in our living memory has given us reason to pause and figure out what sort of future we want to reach as our advancing years mount up.  Yesterday we made a life-changing decision, one we sincerely hope we won't regret. After 30 years in the stud breeding industry, we have decided to retire from the game and to focus on selling commercial bulls; perhaps show a few steers from time to time if opportunity and desire coincide. 

 We will retain Membership with the society, either Commercial or Associate and will always take an avid interest in the progress of the breed we have loved so greatly since 1984. This year has been instrumental in our decision as we were forced to sell breeders and still the rain hasn't come. However, 9 inches for the year really is only part of the equation. It's time for the young ones to step up to the plate now and we feel assured the Limousin breed will be in great hands. We will enjoy watching from the sidelines!

 This website will continue on indefinitely. We don't know what it's future is to be; perhaps a blog for any travel we may do in the future, a place to opine about anything and everything. I've been working on a page outlining Graeme's method of breaking in his show stock, which enables him to lead five or six animals at one time without fuss. This has been known to cause amazement to many who struggle to control one animal! The page will be visible on his approval.

 PS. Over five inches of rain since 17th November has renewed our immense appreciation of one of God's great works of regeneration. The cracked, parched and partially bald earth we willingly turned our backs on to go to the U.S has almost magically regenerated into lush green pasture, dotted with our very contented few remaining cattle. To think they barely had the energy to get out of their own road previously or leave the yards where they knew they might get a feed is difficult to believe now. Our hope is that everyone has had a share and that this Christmas will be a truly happy one.


We will be retaining Membership with the society, either Commercial or Associate membership (which ever applies best) and will always take an avid interest in the progress of the breed we have loved so greatly since 1984. This year has probably been instrumental in our decision as we were forced to sell some of our breeders and still the rain hasn't come. However, 9 inches for the year really is only part of the equation. It's time for the young ones to step up to the plate now and we feel assured the Limousin breed will be in great hands. We will enjoy watching from the sidelines!

This website will remain, for a little while at least. We don't know what it's future is to be yet. 
We will be retaining Membership with the society, either Commercial or Associate membership (which ever applies best) and will always take an avid interest in the progress of the breed we have loved so greatly since 1984. This year has probably been instrumental in our decision as we were forced to sell some of our breeders and still the rain hasn't come. However, 9 inches for the year really is only part of the equation. It's time for the young ones to step up to the plate now and we feel assured the Limousin breed will be in great hands. We will enjoy watching from the sidelines!

                      The Past 
Hillsborough Limousin stud began in 1986 at Proston in Queensland and moved to Tingoora 22 klms north of Kingaroy in 1988.  Prior to that, we  experienced various breeds of cattle in the Kimberlies and Zimbabwe but were never completely satisfied with the end product.  When we finally saw an exhibit of Limousin cattle at the Kingaroy show, we felt we had found what we'd been looking for - incredible meat yield on an animal no bigger (and in some cases smaller) than the breeds with which we were familiar.

Our foundation females were sourced from Graham Carthew and Jack and Betty Ole in NSW. Our first sire was a 3/4 bred bull purchased from Neville Littleton and soon after, we purchased our first French Pure bull  from him as well.

Since that inauspicious start, Hillsborough cattle have moved forward, never failing to surprise and delight with their kind temperament, intelligence and resilience.  They have excelled in the show ring and on the hook and a large proportion of household appliances, knife sets and folding chairs can be attributed to their success.

Our goal is to breed functional, easy to handle cattle that will put more cash in our buyers' pockets. Our bulls have been noted for their longevity and fertility and we're proud to have sold bulls as far afield as the Kimberlies and the Daintree. Significantly, our buyers keep returning and/or sending their mates, indicating  we're heading in the right direction.
 
Considerable progress has been made on the new block and we now feel it's pretty well up to the standard we had envisioned for it. The new fence splitting the block into its two titles has been completed and the yard is finished, even down to nailing the roof over the vet crush. A new dam has been constructed but it isn't a dam ... yet. However, we were ecstatic when the spring running through the block, which had dried up over the drought, suddenly sprung to life and is flowing rapidly again in spite of there being next to no rain to help it along. When considering buying property, always buy water and we certainly got a bargain here.  http://www.hillsboroughlimousins.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14649166
  
 

 

 

OAKWOOD STRAIGHT UP FEMALE SALE A CRACKER!

Paul and Kelly Forman of Oakwood Limousins, in conjunction with David and Jess Eagleson of Ulster 1 Limousins had every reason to smile on Saturday 6th February and not just because of plentiful rain. Top price of $19,000 went to the black cow and calf Oakwood Made Tearz (PF) with second top price of $15,500 awarded to the black cow Oakwood Native Teerz (PF) The sale averaged $6,800.


LIMOUSINS WIN THE KEN MCDONALD SHIELD EKKA 2015

The Limousin breed has won the Ken McDonald Shield for teams of three purebred steers at the Brisbane Royal Show. This prestigious award is based on a score for the group of three on the hoof and the individual carcase scores.

The three steers in the team were exhibited by MF & NJ Nicholls, M.J. O’Dwyer and J & J Dockrill.  Limousins have won 10 out of 14 of these prestigious awards since the competition's inception.

8 month old Limousin x steer for Ekka 2015
Limousin x Murray Grey open champion on the hoof Canberra Royal 2015.
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Contented Hillsborough bulls.

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A great video clearly depicting the Limousin advantage can be sourced at: 

www.youtube.com /watch?v=lEHdDFvjYeU&feature=youtu.be

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Unison Limousins, Boyanup, WA recently sold a cull Z drop cow weighing approximately 650kg for $1,604. Needless to say they were very pleased!

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